Research Services

The Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Research Services Team conducts research that addresses toxic chemical exposures facing residents and workers. Our research reports undergo rigorous peer review to ensure high standards of research quality and objectivity.


Additional research reports available in our Publications Library

DRY
CLEANERS

Understanding the dry cleaning industry

A profile of the dry cleaning industry in King County, Washington
A health and environmental profile of the dry cleaning industry in King County, Washington (1)
Alternatives to dry cleaning with perchloroethylene (PERC)
Characterizing alternative solvent dry cleaning processes
Characterization of “hydrocarbon” dry cleaning in King County, Washington (2)
Evaluation of Solvon K4 in an acute fish toxicity test
Evaluation of DF2000 dry cleaning solvent in an acute fish toxicity test
Evaluation of still bottom wastes from “alternative solvent” dry cleaning
Evaluation of occupational exposures at dry cleaning shops that use SolvonK4 and DF-2000  
Dry cleaning with high-flashpoint hydrocarbon solvents (Technical appendices in separate document)
Occupational exposures to new dry cleaning solvents: High-flashpoint hydrocarbons and butylal (3)
Dry cleaning with Perchloroethylene (PERC)
Evaluating vapor leak detectors for use in “PERC” dry cleaners
Aquatic toxicity of PERC still bottom wastes: A pilot study (Technical appendices in separate document)
The aquatic toxicity of perchloroethylene dry cleaning solvent

AUTOMOTIVE
PAINT

Characterizing waterborne paints used in automotive collision repair
Waterborne vs. solventborne automotive basecoats: An alternatives assessment

Citations

(1) Whittaker SG and Johanson CA. A health and environmental profile of the dry cleaning industry in King County, Washington. Journal of Environmental Health. 2013. Volume 75, Issue 10, pp. 4-22.

(2) Whittaker SG, Taylor J, and Van Hooser LM. Characterization of “hydrocarbon” dry cleaning in King County, Washington. Journal of Environmental Health. 2015. Volume 78, Issue 2, pp. 8-13.

(3) Ceballos DM, Whittaker SG, Lee EG, Roberts J, Streicher R, Nourian F, Gong W, Broadwater K. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2016. Volume 13, Issue 10, pp. 759-769.